New South Wales police were called to a fight between two members of the controversial Sydney band Sticky Fingers on Saturday afternoon after lead singer Dylan Frost, 28, and bassist Paddy Cornwall, 29, allegedly came to blows.
The two men began fighting just before 5.30pm on Faversham Street behind the Marrickville Bowling and Recreation Club, where the pair had been drinking, police said.
Dylan Frost, lead singer of band Sticky Fingers, on stage in the Amphitheatre at Splendour in the Grass in 2016.Credit:Rachel Murdolo
An ambulance was called to treat Frost, who was suffering bruising and redness on his face.
A police spokeswoman said the "younger man" – Frost – was searched in the ambulance before being taken to hospital and allegedly found with a knife, which was seized.
On Tuesday afternoon the band posted an uncaptioned image of Cornwall and Frost together, but otherwise declined to comment.
Police are continuing to investigate.
Asked about the alleged fight, Marrickville Bowling and Recreation Club manager Tommy Jones said he had "no idea about anything to do with it".
Sticky Fingers have a turbulent history. The band shot to prominence in the early 2010s, recording several well-reviewed albums and touring internationally.
But in 2016, lead singer Frost was accused of confronting Indigenous singer Thelma Plum at a bar.
Frost later posted an apology for his past behaviour.
"In recent times my behaviour for a large part has been unacceptable," Frost wrote on Facebook in 2016. "I am realising now a lot of people around me have been hurt by my behaviour and for that I am incredibly sorry."
Around the same time, the band took a hiatus that lasted until 2018.
Their return to festival line-ups was as controversial as their initial departure. They withdrew from the This That festival in Newcastle last year after a social media backlash.
When asked to address his past on radio last year, Frost said "boys will be boys" and "s–t happens, man", sparking widespread criticism.
After the radio appearance, Frost released an apology video, again apologising for his past behaviour and added he had battled mental health issues including bipolar schizophrenia and alcoholism.
In February this year the band released a fourth studio album, Yours to Keep, but controversy has continued to dog them.
Cornwall issued an expletive-laden tirade on his personal Instagram in May against youth radio station Triple J which he said had declined to play the band's music.
"Triple J, f— you and your f—ing artist repertoire. We don’t f—ing need you. We don’t want you because you play your f—ing bulls–t and you're a bunch of f–king maggots," Cornwall said.
And later in May the band issued a call for help after Frost went missing during a tour of Europe.
The band's Facebook page and website do not record any upcoming tour dates but other websites have tickets available for shows in Italy and Indonesia in August.
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